KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Arian Foster usually gets where he's going in a hurry - at least on the football field.
This week, the first-time Pro Bowl selection is in no hurry.
Houston's All-Pro running back was one of the last players to leave the practice field Thursday as he posed for photos, signed autographs and chatted at length with reporters.
Foster is one of 35 first-timers selected for today's NFL all-star game, including 23 from the AFC. The most is when 44 first-timers were selected to the game in 2000, including 26 from the NFC.
And it's usually not difficult to spot a first-timer. Besides being the last off the field, they're also the ones that look like they've had too much sun - but still grinning ear to ear.
"You have no choice but to enjoy Hawaii. You've got a problem if you don't," said Foster, a former Tennessee Vol. "This is like heaven. I'll die and go to Hawaii. That's all right with me."
The 24-year-old Foster earned a spot by going from undrafted member of the Texans' practice squad to the league's leading rusher with 1,616 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.
Foster said it first sunk in that he was among the NFL's all-stars when he saw AFC teammates such as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Baltimore Ravens linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs at the first meeting.
"When you just see them, it's just surreal," he said. "(Then) you kind of realize they have the same amount of respect for you as you do for them. That makes it all worth it."
The new Pro Bowlers generally take guidance from the veterans as far as how to act, where to go and what to eat. But they really don't know what to expect on game day.
"I have no clue. This is my first rodeo. I don't know if these guys are really going to come out and try to hit hard," Foster said.
While Foster made his first trip in his second year in the league, others have had to wait much longer, like Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli, who is in his eighth season and will start for the NFC.
"I'm loving it. For years, and years and years, I've been trying to get here," he said. "It took eight years, but now that I've got it, I don't want to let it go."